PASTERNAK, BORIS. 1890-1960.
Zemnoi prostor. [Earth's Expanse.] Moscow: Sovietskii Pisatel, 1945. Small 8vo. 45,  pp. Original boards. Custom cloth case. Brittle, text block detached, last leaf separated and chipped (without loss).
FIRST EDITION, PRESENTATION COPY, inscribed and signed on the title-page in pencil (translated): "To my dear Stefan Shinansky and the publishing house Transformation, with the warm and brotherly regards of Boris Pasternak / 22.IV.1945." This is one of only two war-time volumes of Pasternak's poetry that were published and the production standards are shocking, cheap acidic paper in a doomed binding. Scarce, inscribed copy of a very fragile work.
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